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Comment Re:Age or Wage Discrimination? (Score 5, Interesting) 174

A company is not just a day care center for adults. There are real products being built and services being sold. If you have cheap ass workers then you end up with a cheap ass company. The leaders of these companies probably don't even care that they have a lousy company and a lousy product, as they'll destroy company after company while collecting huge incomes along the way.

Comment Re:The problem isn't that they're old... (Score 2) 174

Being expensive describes all the executives as well, who do less work than most employees. If parts are too expensive and are replaced with inexpensive ones, then you end up with poorer quality. For workers this is even more true, cutting costs on employees will always lead to worse quality. Of course a lot of companies just don't care about quality, they want a profit in the short run only.

Comment Maps will never be good enough (Score 3, Interesting) 139

There will always be something not on the map. The AI on the cars will need to be good enough to figure out what to do in many cases or else allow the passenger to manually maneuver the car. That is why many of the plans from google are about driving from a known location to another known location, as it may be decades or more before they'll be able to figure out how to get into and out of a condo garage, negotiate mountain roads, deal with temporary obstacles (the dog is in the middle of the driveway so there's no way to recalculate a route), etc. But pickup from a street corner and get dropped off at a street corner, that's much more doable.

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 1, Troll) 296

Roman Polanski is free to return to the US at any time. And I think he should, he deserves to answer for the crimes since even famous auteurs aren't allowed to be pedophiles. Similarly, Assange should face the music as well. Hiding away from the law has never inspired the masses to one's cause. If he has to spend some jail time then so be it, he'll eventually get out. There's no chance whatsoever he'll be executed, though that's his paranoid belief.

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